5 things to do when you join a new team - The Performance Room
Having applied for the job, you probably know a good amount about the business anyway, but it often helps to do some more homework.
Find out about the history, philosophy, and values that have built the company you’re now part of.
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Chances are you’re being hired to fill a void and address current challenges that have been highlighted to you.
Do not make the mistake of coming to the table with a pre-determined plan based on these challenges. Take the time to learn the challenges and the extent of them for yourself. Encourage your team to be completely open with you.
Before you can formulate the correct course of action, you’ll need to learn all aspects of the business quickly.
Sit in on as many calls and meetings as you can, and don’t be shy about doing so. Make sure that the team understands that you’re doing it for learning purposes only, so your actions aren’t misconstrued as micromanaging.
Give yourself time to notice patterns, and ensure that the changes you make address real problems and not one-off happenings.
Making too many changes too quickly, especially when it comes to making cuts, may scare the strong players away and lead your team to be guarded with you. Ensure that key stakeholders who brought you onboard are aware of your approach.
Design your hiring process with remote candidates in mind. Look for 3 main things:
Remote workers won’t have the opportunity to be involved in spontaneous conversations or team lunches, but there are other things you can do to help them settle:
Remote workers need a dedicated, quiet space to do their work, so it’s important to set some guidelines:
They can still work from a coffee shop every once in a while, but they need a good default setup.
Give yourself periods for resting and thinking so you’re not overwhelmed by the constant challenge and lose motivation. By taking breaks, you’ll be better able to perform and come up with solutions to challenges.
While overcoming your limitations, you’ll likely experience failure and you should scour those for lessons.
It can be beneficial to find a role model and engage in some healthy imitation. Done well, it can give you some confidence.
You shouldn’t copy everything about the person. But notice how they act and try mimicking their successful habits until you can adapt them to your own style.